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The Library Foundation's 2013-14 Fiscal Year ended with a bang - thanks to your gifts.
We reached out to you at the start of our giving year with a very important mission: sustain Early Learning and Senior Outreach programs. Two of the library's most beloved and important programs. Two distinct and vulnerable groups of people that need our help and attention. Our donors invested in our children's future and ensured that seniors are connected with the world around them. Your philanthropy makes a difference.
More information will be available in the next weeks with specifics of how your dollars were used to ensure that our library programs are sustained and thrive. But for now, it's time to celebrate!
For forty years, Pierce County Library System has maintained an uninterrupted history of providing outreach services to seniors living in adult care facilities. This valuable community outreach goes above and beyond typical library services. Currently, Pierce County Library checks out 2,000 items to approximately 250 individuals in 29 adult care facilities each month.
Large print books serve as the cornerstone of resources the library makes available to seniors. For residents wanting audiobooks, e-readers, movies and special reading material, the Library provides unique access. However, the library struggles to keep up with demand - and will continue to do so in light of the growing aging population.
We are thankful for the generosity of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, William Kilworth Foundation, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation, the Dimmer Foundation and donors like you. Your gifts to the Pierce County Library Foundation make certain that library programs and resources for seniors are sustained and thrive. Thank you.
Al Sullivan, Father of University Place Library
Al Sullivan, active library supporter even before there was a University Place Library, died on June 23. Al is known as the 'father of University Place Library' because he promoted and successfully fundraised to establish a library in a town that had none. University Place's first library opened July 4, 1963, thanks to Al's tenacity.
Al also was involved in the more recent University Place Library campaign for the current library in the civic building. In remembering Al Sullivan, former University Place Librarian Cindy Bonaro said, "Al continued to enthusiastic about the UP Library over the years, and was a frequent visitor at his home away from home. One of the designs for the new library included locating condos above the library. He said this could be the perfect place to live, and he would be the first to sign up for one."
This year, the Library Foundation is proud to welcome Safeco as a Summer Reading sponsor at the
Platinum Level ($10,000). Safeco will expand the reach of the Summer Explorer program (a library on wheels!) to at-risk neighborhoods – ensuring children who cannot visit a library can participate in the Summer Reading program.
The eight Gold Level sponsors are Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, University of Washington Tacoma, Pediatrics Northwest PS, Wells Fargo, Macy’s, Simpson, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE) and Umpqua Bank.
Five silver level sponsors are D.V. and Ida McEachern Foundation, Dwyer, Pemberton& Coulson, P.C., Thompson Family Foundation, Union Bank and Wayne’s Roofing/WGW Development. Seven bronze level sponsors also join with the library this year to make Summer Reading and youth programs the best they can be.
If your business is interested in supporting the Summer Reading program, please contact Lynne Hoffman at 253-548-3456 or email@example.com.
This year’s Summer Reading theme is Fizz! Boom! Read! (All about Science). Youth and teens can win prizes for reaching reading goals and participate in hundreds of programs at Pierce County Library’s 18 branches. Summer Reading will also “Go on the Road” using the Explorer Bookmobile. Summer Reading runs in libraries on through Aug. 31.
Thank you Wells Fargo for your continued support of Summer Reading!
Board members Stacy Topping and Joan Cooley accept a check from Wells Fargo Vice President Jim Winters for a $2,500 Gold Sponsorship of Summer Reading.
Research supports the incredible value of open-ended block play where children gain understanding of shape, size, measurement, balance, weight, stability and gravity. Through trial and error, they discover pattern, mapping and the value of planning. When children build together (or with an interested adult) they learn cooperation, patience, a respect for the contribution of others as well as storytelling (think of children building a town together and then creating the life of that town).
Pierce County Library’s block play engages children attending local ECEAPs and Head Start classes in a fun and educational program that introduces early STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts. STEM development in early learning has been identified as a significant focus area for children of all ages.
Block play has been shown to be effective in increasing early childhood language. Children interact with each other and with caregivers through free play using blocks.
Block play also increases literacy skills of at-risk children. Each block play “party” starts with s story time and as part of philanthropic funding, children take home free books and a block set for their home. Parents are also introduced to block play during two parent nights at the beginning and end of each five month program.
“Discuren” in Old English means “discover.” The Discuren Charitable Foundation’s goal is to work with those who help children discover their place in the world and help them develop the tools they need to carve out their niche. Thank you Discuren Charitable Foundation for making a difference in children’s lives!
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